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In Memory Tributes and Memorials to Budgies which have moved on to the Rainbow Bridge

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Old 02-22-2015, 02:17 PM
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Hello everyone,

unfortunately I had to say goodbye to my little budgie girls Elli and Flocke.

I will tell you the whole story. I'm sorry if it is getting rather long, but I really want to write it down.

I have had a little flock of 6 birds (4 budgies, 2 cockatiels) for three years now. Six birds was my limit, because my apartment is pretty small.

Then, in November, I was offered a beautiful male budgie who was living without any budgie company. Despite of the limit of six birds that I had once set for myself, I let my heart say yes and took "Buddy" home. He and Flocke became a couple! Flocke has had several lipomas, I have taken her to the vet, she got a iodine supplement regularly. She seemed to be feeling fine and Buddy really loved her, although she looked really different from him.

It was a cute but short lovestory. Five weeks ago, on January 19, they were flying around and having a good time. When they had returned to the aviary, I went shopping, and when I came back two hours later, I found Flocke at the aviary floor. She was very weak and died in my hand after 5 minutes.

One week later, we took Motte to the vet, because she had dark spots above her nostrils. When we were in the waiting room, there suddenly was blood in her droppings. She didn't look sick at all. The vet took an X-ray and found out that Motte had internal bleedings. It looked like a lot of blood on the pictures. She also had blood in her crop. She got vitamin K and electrolytes. I don't know how she did it, but she survived!
The vet and I assume that she has a clotting disorder and that she has had it for quite some time already. Motte hasn't been a good at flying for months, maybe even years. She probably had trouble breathing because there was blood compressing her lungs.
So another week later, we came for a control X-ray and it looked fine - except for the fact that there was "something" at the bottom of her belly. She got antibiotics, because the vet assumed she could have hepatitis, so that the intestines would be pressed downwards by the swollen liver. He also told me that it could also be cancer. I refused to believe that, because that would have been a really big coincidence. I have had budgies for 15 years now and it was the first time I let a vet take x-rays. And within those 7 days in between the two x-rays a tumor should have grown?
Luckily the antibiotics seemed to work, this "thing" has gotten a lot smaller!
All the birds are now getting a supplement that supports the liver...

I also took Elli to the vet when I was there with Motte, because she seemed to be more tired than usual. It was just a feeling, there was nothing that I could describe except for her being "different". The vet didn't find anything unusual, although he checked the crop and droppings (microscope) thoroughly.

Another week later, Sunday, Feb. 8, Elli was suddenly really cold and tired. She slept all afternoon and I decided to take her to the vet the next morning. I put her in a different cage, so that she could sleep in a more quiet place. Suddenly, in the middle of the night, she dropped off of her perch. She was very weak and could hardly move. I kept her in my hand all night... It broke my heart to see her that way. I hoped that she would be able to leave soon, but she didn't. She was still alive when I took her to the vet at 9 a.m. She couldn't even sit anymore and she really looked like a dead bird, but her eyes were still open. It broke my heart. My vet took her to sleep, I held her in my hand. This was February 9, my birthday. The vet said that Elli had internal bleedings also, probably in her stomach.

Of course I checked the whole room for any kind of poison. The bad thing is, I have been careful in the past. Lotte, one of the cockatiels, is very curious and chews on everything. I use stainless steel for bird toys only, I replaced all of the chains years ago. No plants in their reach, no heavy metal anywhere they go.
I let the vet check all of the birds' droppings for yeast, for bacteria, etc. Nothing!
I have checked the aviary and the room again and again and still I don't have a clue. I haven't changed anything during the last months, not even the bird food or a single toy or perch.

The only assumption I have left is that there was something wrong with the water. They use chlorine dioxide to disinfect the water, and although the water quality in Germany is really high, the water smelled different during those three weeks. They seem to have used a higher amount of chlorine dioxide, at least that was how it smelled. I couldn't find a lot of informaetion, but somewhere I read that it can irritate and harm the mucosa of the digestive organs and cause bleeding. I do not know how likely my assumption is. The article was about pills that release chlorine dioxide in the stomach, it was not about drinking water.

So this is the long and sad story about the loss of Elli and Flocke. I hope the others stay healthy and that it has been the water. If there is a different reason that I haven't found yet... oh I don't even want to think about it.

I will attach pictures of Elli (green) and the cute couple (Flocke and Buddy).

Thanks for reading, I hope there are not too many mistakes in it.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:44 PM
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your Flocke and Elli. I really hope it was the water, as you can just get filtered water if you need to.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:50 PM
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That is soooooo sad R.I.P. little birdies It sounds to me like it may have been the water if there is no evidence of anything else. Could you use bottled water instead? Your post has made me think maybe I should start using bottled water, as the water here has been smelling a lot more strongly of chlorine and I have been giving them filtered tap water. Hope you're ok and all your other birdies are also
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I am so sorry to hear of this. It is always heart-wrenching when you can do nothing for them. I hope they rest in peace and that you figure out the cause soon!
They were beautiful little girls
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I'm so sorry to hear this, and I'm sure that it was really stressful to go through this situation. Sending you lots of positive vibes and seconding the suggestion to use bottled water, which is all that goes in my own budgie's water bottle and medicines that we have to mix at home.
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I'm so very sorry for your loss of Flocke and Elli.

Fly high and free little ones; rest peacefully sweet budgies.
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Oh my gosh, I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences. I hope the rest of your flock is all well and good, if you wanted you could always run a theory with the water by using filtered bottled water or just get a water filtration system if it could be the water as I think the chlorine dioxide wouldn't be good for them. But thats just my opinion.
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I am so sorry for this tragic event. it is even more stressing for you as you don't know for sure what caused it to happen. Perhaps the bottle d water is a good idea, has any one sprayed any chemicals recently? Or placed baits around ? I hope all is well from now on for you and your birds.
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Rest in Peace, sweet beautiful Elli and Flocke. Keep their cute faces and happy song close to your heart, and they will be with you forever. I am so sorry for your loss. So sad that you lost two lovely budgies in such a short time. But they are at peace now, together.
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